Caboolture, December 2017, Week 2. A tribute to Val.

Tuesday 12th December 2017, Caboolture.

This report is in memory of friend Val, wife of Ken. I hope I have Ken’s approval for this report, as I know now that he is one that regularly reads my web site.

Ken and I worked in the same area for a lot of years, but in different departments. Although we knew of each other for many years, I consider that we didn’t actually start up a personal friendship until after we both started the similar lifestyle of retirement and travelling the country in the caravan situation, Ken and Val used a campervan on the back of a ute and only travelled in winter months, and as you know we have a caravan and lived in it permanently.

This has turned out to be a touching week for me, and Linda, that started as a result of sending out Christmas cards to friends, as we usually do, or Linda actually does all the work. We received a reply from another old work mate, or rather an ex work mate Gerry, we are all getting old, informing us of information that we have not heard about. This reply explained how his family had experienced some hard times this year, and in amongst the list was informing us of the passing of Ken’s wife Val. This took us by surprise as we had only been having a conversation the other day about them and how we hadn’t seen or heard from them for a while. As a result, I rang Gerry, as we also haven’t been in contact for a long time, and then rang Ken (Hoss) to express our condolences, and apologise for not being aware of the situation, and sending a card addressed to them both. This conversation with Ken was one of a type that I have not experienced for a long while. Even though we have met and made a friendship during our travels over a number of years, this conversation made me aware that we do have quite a number of friends, and family, that we just do not converse with often enough, possibly a result of everyone expecting the use of current day social media, so when a situation such as this arises it touches the heart much more than usual. I along with Ken, refuse to use things such as ‘Facebook’ and any similar social media. Being old-school I think we can’t handle what we consider to be ‘Rubbish and Trash’ that is posted on today’s social media and would prefer to avoid it in most cases. Yes, I use this web site to publish my life story, this is my part of social media, and I have been using this since before today’s type social media, but all that gets posted is what I think my readers are interested in, and anything I do not wish the world to know will not be published. Again, it was after my conversation with Ken today that made me aware that there are people that do actually read the reports on this site, so I most certainly do consider that I will keep up with these reports. This will be my way at least of keeping all interested informed of my life, but it doesn’t help me keeping up with other people’s life, so all I can do at this stage is endeavour to make a pledge of regularly ringing friends and family on a regular basis. The only problem is that I cannot guarantee how long this pledge will last, after all I am not young any more and cannot say how long my sanity will last.

Once again Linda and I offer our condolences to Ken with the loss of a wonderful woman and dear friend, and I say we are particularly thinking of you at this time and ask that you stay in contact, as we will endeavour to do the same.

Keep your chin up ‘Mate’.

Caboolture, November 2017, Week 2.

Thursday 9th November 2017, Caboolture.

Another month has passed. We have parked the caravan in the other end of the yard until early next year, as we won’t have a chance to use it, or the weather for the next few months can be a bit warm or even wet, so it is parked for a while. I was about to say nothing out of the ordinary has been happening, but on Monday my phone rang and it was listed as Linda’s cousin Bruce. When I answered it turned out to be his mother Edna, and after I queried her using the phone she jumped straight in saying don’t panic it is not urgent. It turns out they were up from Launceston at Coolum for a wedding and on their way to Redcliffe for further celebrations and decided to call in for a visit on the way. As it turned out they didn’t have anywhere to stay while here so we offered them to stay with us, so we had visitors staying for two days, completely unexpected. It was nice to see them again, as for me it has been quite a while since I have seen them, but Linda did meet them on one of her visits south more recently.

I guess for the time upcoming we will be concentrating on the things that are coming up before Christmas, such as club dinners and such, before we fly to Melbourne.

Bongaree, October 2017, Week 2.

Thursday 12th October 2017, Bongaree.

How time fly’s: Here it is Thursday already and we have to pack up and go home tomorrow. The problem with coming here, being so close to home, is that we are still close to everything when at home, and all normal things were done as if still at home. I had originally decided to not go to the men shed on Tuesday, but would you believe I got an email on Monday requesting my presence to take some photos, and then on Tuesday it was requested that I turn up on Thursday as we had bulk onions to cut for sausage sizzles, so hence there goes my week. It turns out to be not quite the right time of year to be visiting here anyway as it is quite a lot more humid here than it is at home, even though it is only 25K inland. We had considered staying for an extra week, but current bookings will not permit this without us having to move to a different site, and if I have to pack up and move to anywhere it will be home.

Bongaree, October 2017, Week 1.

Friday 6th October 2017, Bongaree.

We are once again out living in the caravan, for a week only though, at Bongaree on Bribie Island. We are only about 20K from home, but we may as well be 1000. The main reason for coming here is because we have been saying for about 15 years now that we would like to stay here for a spell and never got here for some reason or another. It is generally a busy park, so it has probably been booked out when we were most likely to want to stay, but we finally got here. We were originally going to move here on Monday, but it was too wet, so we delayed our trip for a few days, and fortunately the park management were obliging to our request. Apart from Wednesday and Thursday, my usual outings, we do not intend going anywhere or doing anything except enjoy the immediate surroundings.

Caboolture, September 2017, Week 4.

Saturday 23rd September 2017, Caboolture.

I have been chatted about not putting words down very often, so here are a few. As would be expected that when we are not travelling there would not be much to write about, but, things do happen at home and perhaps these should be put to words.

I have just made a booking at a caravan park at Bongaree, Bribie Island, from the 2nd October for a week, so we are going over there at long last. It is not far from home, but it may as well be 1000K if we pretend we are not so close, and we are looking forward to it. Surprise, surprise, it rained rather heavily yesterday for a few hours and the leak we have had in the caravan was dry this morning when I checked, so maybe it only leaks with weather from a certain direction? We do have a towel where it leaks so we only need to swap it when wet, and that will hopefully save us the trouble trying to find the actual place where the water is coming in.

I have been rather busy lately with both my extra-curricular activities, being the men’s shed and the museum. Since taking on the position of treasurer at the museum I just do not seem to have any spare time. It is not just the treasurer side that keeps me busy, but the task I also seem to have inherited of re-creating software copies of numerous documents that we have hard copies of, but no software copies. These must have been lost when we had computer problems a couple of years ago, and since we now need to update and amend these documents someone must restore them to software.

Both Linda and I have now recovered from the flu we contracted after coming back from Melbourne, and are now going well. We both had the flu shot this year, as I always do, so we didn’t get it as bad as if we hadn’t, and after hearing how this is an extremely bad season for flu we now think ourselves very lucky.

The men’s shed is progressing very well as well, we are now about to start construction of our second shed, not bad considering we have only been up and running for two years. I have been getting involved in several things at the shed and recently before having our AGM I got the impression I was being almost pressured into joining the committee. I did let them know that I was not yet interested as I have enough on my plate. What I didn’t tell them was that when we get up and running with the new shed, and things are running a little smoother, I may then show some interest.

Ronald & Linda Tew, All over the countryside